Atlantic hurricane season over: A look at 2017's devastating storms

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Thursday, November 30, 2017
Atlantic hurricane season over: A look at 2017's devastating storms
Lee Goldberg looks back at 2017's hurricane season.

Thursday marks the last day of the busiest Atlantic hurricane season in years.

In 2017 there were 17 named storms - the most active since 2005, the year that Katrina hit.

Three Category 4 hurricanes made landfall in the United States: Harvey, Irma and Maria - the first time on record this has happened in a single season.

Facts and records about the 2017 hurricane season from Good Morning America's weather team:


- Harvey produced biggest rainfall total from a single storm on record in the United States: 51.88 inches.

- Port Arthur, Texas saw more than two feet of rain in 24 hours.

- Made landfall in Rockport, TX with winds of 130 mph as a Category 4 hurricane.

- First Category 4 hurricane to hit Texas since 1961.

- Harvey made 3 landfalls in the United States: Two in TX and one in Louisiana.

RELATED: Josh Einiger reports from Texas


- Strongest winds were clocked at 185 mph, the second strongest hurricane in the Atlantic Basin in history.

- Strongest storm to impact Leeward Islands in recorded history.

- The hurricane completely destroyed the island of Barbuda with 185 mph winds as it passed over the Caribbean island.

- The first Category 5 hurricane to hit the Bahamas since Hurricane Andrew in 1992.

- First Category 5 hurricane to make landfall in Cuba since 1924.

- Made landfall in Cudjoe Key, FL as a Category 4 hurricane with winds of 130 mph.

- First Category 4 hurricane to make landfall in Florida since hurricane Charlie 2004.

- Made a second landfall in Marco Island, Florida with 115mph winds as a Category 3 hurricane.

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- Went from Category 1 to Category 5 in 15 hours.

- Strongest winds went up to 175 mph.

- Made landfall in Dominica Island in Caribbean on Sep 18th at Category 5 with winds at 160 mph.

- Puerto Rico got 35 inches of rain, some rivers rising 20 feet in just a few hours.

- First Category 5 hurricane in history to make landfall on island of Dominica. The island was completely destroyed by Maria.

- Made landfall in Yabucoa, Puerto Rico, September 20th, Category 4, winds 155 mph.

- Strongest hurricane to make landfall in Puerto Rico since 1928.

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